The Government has unveiled a £500m package of proposals to accelerate the building of homes by rewarding councils that speed up housing supply delivery and maximise the supply of building land in their areas.
The incentives, provided through the new Housing and Planning Delivery Grant, will rewardlocal authorities which show they are leading the way in both of these, and helping to meet the Government’s ambition of 240,000 new homes per year.
Housing minister Yvette Cooper also announced progress in delivering more green homes and more homes on brownfield sites. She revealed that 200 more disused public sector sites across the country have been identified as potential sites for housing and could contribute thousands of new homes. This brings the total of brownfield sites being assessed for development suitability to more than 750.
Cooper revealed an enthusiastic response to the Government’s challenge to the house building industry for all new homes to be zero carbon by 2016. Over 150 organisations, including housebuilders, green groups and local councils, have now put their names to the 2016 Commitment to work together to build 240,000 new zero carbon homes a year within a decade. 152 signatories, including the Home Builders Federation, Local Government Association, Green Building Council and WWF as well as individual developers and councils have now ‘taken the green building pledge’ and signed up to the Commitment.
Cooper says: “Families across the country need more affordable homes. We want to give more support to communities and councils who are doing their bit to deliver the extra homes we need.
“This money is about extra support for the councils which are already doing their bit. Some of them are doing a lot of work to support additional housing, but we know that others really need to do more. I want this new cash injection to push local authorities to raise their game.”